Monthly Archives: March 2014

A New Paradigm for Executive Search?

Lately I’ve been researching and talking to various leaders in a number of global executive search companies.  It’s no small industry either, being estimated at close to $10 billion. And at some point almost all large companies utilize executive search, whether to … Continue reading

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Culture By Design, Culture By the Numbers

In my executive speeches and my recent book, LEVERAGE: The CEO’s Guide to Corporate Culture, I use the case study of Zappos.com, the internet shoe and clothing retailer to illustrate the power of culture by design. If you don’t know … Continue reading

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My Heroes . . .

Early in life all of us have had heroes; people, living and past, real or larger than life characters from novels or comic books. They inspired us.  They provided us with role models of courage, compassion, resourcefulness, grit. Their actions … Continue reading

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A Musical Life: The Four Types of Practice

I know that the most joy in my life has come to me from my violin.  Albert Einstein Being the father of a young classical violinist is, in most cases, a situation of observe quietly and don’t give advice!  All … Continue reading

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Corporate Culture, Professionalism and the Conundrum of Subcultures

Conundrum:  (noun) a confusing or difficult problem or question. In my last blog post, The Illusion of Corporate Culture, Part 2, I focused on why I believe there is no one single corporate culture in an organization, but instead culture … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Corporate Culture, part 2

In my previous post, The Illusion of Corporate Culture, I put forth a heretical point of view: There is no one corporate culture.  Organizations are really a collection of subcultures. If the subcultures are aligned with the overall business needs … Continue reading

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“Kip” van Winkle and Rethinking Leadership . . .

Imagine this modern twist on the old story of Rip van Winkle. The very weird day of “Kip” van Winkle, senior executive: It took Kip most of breakfast to fully wake up.  After all, 50 years asleep is a rather … Continue reading

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